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Can Microsoft's New So.cl Network Revive Bing Search?

Can Microsoft's New So.cl Network Revive Bing Search?

Three days after its IPO, Facebook saw the arrival of a new social network and a possible future competitor on the web.  so.cl is from none other than Microsoft, originally created for students and tested at several U.S. universities.  So.cl was first unveiled last year by Microsoft--it's only now that the Redmond company decided to launch the social network officially to all users. Pronounced "social," the project from Microsoft’s FUSE Labs is not designed to compete with Facebook though it is launching with a similar premise, allowing students to share and search content with their peers for research purposes. “FUSE Labs' So.cl project... more »
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EMC to Integrate Avamar, Data Domain to Create End-to-End Solution

EMC is focused on providing an end-to-end hardware/software data protection system, says EMC BRS Division President William “BJ” Jenkins. To do that,"  he said on The Cube from EMC World 2012 on Monday, May 21, "it is going to move toward integrating its Avamar and Data Domain backup systems over the next year. "Complexity is a key word with IT users,” says Jenkins in the live Webcast. EMC is going to reduce complexity for its users by simplifying its portfolio and providing an end-to-end backup and recovery solution from one vendor that stands behind the entire system. Specifically, he promises enhancements to Avamar... more »
Big Data Can Be a Beast But it Can Be Tamed [Infographic]

Big Data Can Be a Beast But it Can Be Tamed [Infographic]

Big data - the term is over used and at the same time intimidating. It's a reminder of the power and the overwhelming nature of a wave that can wash out a community or any natural force that possesses a quality that is greater than our one self. But like anything big, we can find ways to tame it. Wikibon's Jeff Kelly  says that's the case with big data. ... more »
EMC Acquires Syncplicity - A Move to Blur the Private and Public Cloud

EMC Acquires Syncplicity - A Move to Blur the Private and Public Cloud

EMC acquired Syncplicity today for an undisclosed amount. The news comes in the midst of EMC World, where speculation about the company's next acquisition has been the talk of the event. It's the second acquisition for EMC in the past two weeks.  On May 10, EMC announced its acquisition of XtremIO, a pure flash storage provider. Syncplicity, a cloud-based file management solution, does something else for EMC.  It gives the masive storage company the capability to reach out to the Fortune 500 with a potential credible strategy for developing an infrastructure that can sync cloud environments. That's a huge missing piece for most companies. Most enterprise cloud... more »
Study: Open Source is Leading Big Data, Cloud, Mobile Development

Study: Open Source is Leading Big Data, Cloud, Mobile Development

The Future of Open Source 2012, a survey sponsored by North Bridge Venture Partners and Black Duck Software and conducted by the 451 Group, indicates that when it comes to IT trends like cloud, mobile, social and big data, open source is leading, not following - and adoption rates are following. In fact, over $675 million was invested in open source technologies in 2011. The survey's 700 respondents, drawn from a pool of "industry influencers" from within and without the open source vendor community. Some key findings from the study include: More than 50 percent of software acquired over the next five years will... more »
Peter Chang CEO of Oxygen Cloud Talks Infrastructure at EMC World 2012

Peter Chang CEO of Oxygen Cloud Talks Infrastructure at EMC World 2012

EMC has always been about storage and, as a result, how storage effects the use of data in computing architectures. Products such as Oxygen Cloud seeks to be part of this decoupling of data from computation, enabling data to float free from applications and allow it to be available anywhere. Peter Chang, CEO of Oxygen Cloud, met with John Furrier and Dave Vellante in the Cube at EMC World 2012 to speak about how his company is looking into the market to furrow out their niche. He expects that people can move their processing into the cloud, but you still have... more »
How In-Memory and Flash Compare to Relational Databases and Legacy Storage

How In-Memory and Flash Compare to Relational Databases and Legacy Storage

Last week at SapphireNow I had a great chat with Lloyd Palfrey, a senor technical architect with Bluefin Solutions, one of the leading SAP services firms. I caught up with Lloyd at the bar (where the talk gets better as the night goes on) and had one of those conversations that gives a whole different perspective about the impact of data and what it means for the market. The conversation centered on HANA and then turned to how the in-memory technology affects the storage market. The inverse is also true. The new Flash storage technologies are having an impact on the... more »
Hbase Conference HbaseCon.com in SF - The Real Time Value Proposition

Hbase Conference HbaseCon.com in SF - The Real Time Value Proposition

As SiliconANGLE is on the ground in Vegas covering #emcworld 2012 we will also be covering the historic first Hbase Conference in SF. This week introduces the first ever Hbase conference (Hbasecon.com) in SF and SiliconANGLE will be covering it live with a live broadcast of theCUBE. At the Hbasecon there will be all the major players in the open source community pushing the cutting edge of performance and capabilities in Hadoop and the rise of Hbase as the standard onto of Haddop. All of the big data companies and developers programmers and committers to the open source community will be there including: •... more »
When Will the World Reach 8 Zetabytes of Stored Data? [Infographic]

When Will the World Reach 8 Zetabytes of Stored Data? [Infographic]

NetApp is a company whose entire business is dependent on the way enterprises store their data, and this industry is not expected to face a decline anytime soon. That’s according to a newly released infographic by the company (see below), which visualizes a couple of predictions quantifying all the data on the worldwide web. In 2009, the internet weighed in at about 500 exabytes, or half a zettabyte.  At the end of fiscal 2011, disk kingpin Seagate said it sold more than half that amount - 330 exabytes – within only 12 months, and by the end of this year a... more »
Informatica Evolving into Big Data Management Suite

Informatica Evolving into Big Data Management Suite

With its new version 9.5, Informatica takes a big step in its evolution from a data-integration point-solution to a comprehensive data management suite for big data, says Wikibon Analyst Jeff Kelly in his latest Alert, “Informatica 9.5 Focus on Big Data Maturity.”  All of the major enhancements and new features are intended to make realizing business value from big data simpler and faster, focusing specifically on three related trends: big transaction data, big interaction data, and big data processing. Informatica defines big transaction data is large volumes of structured, transactional data in systems like SAP HANA and Oracle Exadata. Informatica extends... more »

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- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!